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About Merlin

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  1. My Skymaster 70mm bins (15X and 25X ) are stopped down to 63mm at the prisms.
  2. Are the objectives stopped down to 70mm at the prisms?
  3. Merlin


    As much an American icon as the Coke bottle.
  4. Merlin

    Help identifying telescope

    It looks like a ghost of its former self, if you'll pardon the pun.
  5. Merlin

    What Would Be Your Answer To This Question?

    Astronomy is adventurous, romantic and edifying.
  6. Merlin

    Who Makes The Best Binoculars?

    Vladimir Putin is reputed to be the richest man in Europe. If today's "i" is anything to go by, he prefers Zeiss..
  7. In light-polluted areas ( which means practically everywhere! ) the RFT is at a disadvantage, as it emphasises the skyglow more than a longer focal length 'scope with its higher magnifications.
  8. Merlin

    Do You Own These Binoculars?

    I saw on the grapevine that Oberwerk are labelled in the UK as Strathspey.
  9. Merlin

    Charity shop finds..

    I've had a number of charity shop binoculars over the years, all of them of the porro-type and made in Japan. Flea-markets are another option, but we need to check out secondhand binoculars thoroughly before purchasing. It's advisable to look through the big ends first, any dust, condensation or fungus will reveal itself.
  10. Merlin

    Heavy Duty AltAz mount

    Beautiful workmanship. Have you a counterweight for the other end?
  11. Merlin

    Are you comfortable standing when observing?

    The most comfy viewing of all for me is to be seated at my homemade binocular mirror-mount, looking down through the binoculars and slowly cruising through the night-sky, with magnifications ranging from X7-8-10-15 and 25.
  12. Merlin

    The essence of summer observing

    When I was younger, I could stay up all night, but now that I'm in my mid - seventies, by the time it's approaching darkness on summer evenings, I'm too knackered to stay awake.
  13. Merlin

    Are you comfortable standing when observing?

    I sometimes use a discarded Zimmer frame when observering from a standing position. Very handy and ultra light to move about.
  14. Ah! So the viewer uses a pentaprism beamsplitter. There's the difference. Mine has a flat beamsplitter, hence the ghost reflection from the back face.

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